One of the best things about Espana and Europe in general are all the wonderful outdoor cafes. Probably 90% of all restaurants have outdoor seating. In fact more tables outside than inside usually. And once you get a table that spot is yours until you decide you’re ready to move on. There’s never any hustle from the wait-help to turn over the tables or make you feel like you have to order another drink or more food. Every dining experience is to be savored whether it’s a cup of coffee which is an art form in itself, an afternoon snack or a complete meal.
And tipping is an American bad habit best forgotten when in Spain. If you end up with some odd change after paying your bill you may leave that, but I’m talking 20 to 30 cents, not the 15 to 20% obligatory gratuity we Yanks are accustomed to. We are conditioned to feel bad if we don’t tip but everyone we’ve talked to about it assures us it’s not expected. In fact you’re pegged for naive tourists if you do.
Another uniquely European feature in dining is their love of dogs which are not only welcomed in eating establishments but pampered. We even saw one restaurant taking the trouble to fill up several water dishes for their canine customers! It’s all considered customery, no big thing.
Aloha, Mikie ~just a blogger (fightin’ like a girl!)